Sunday, April 01, 2012

Business model for Agent Server

Although subject to change and evolution, the currently expected business model will be primarily a traditional open source model:
  1. The software, including full source, is "free" and freely available (on GitHub) under the Apache License Version 2.0.
  2. Consulting and contract work to support, extend, and customize the software will be the primary source of revenue.
In addition, I have some preliminary thoughts for a longer-term plan to offer a subscription-based "agent grid" network of web-based servers that are tailored to offering commercial-grade agent server support for organizations that do not wish to host and support the agent server software on their own machines. But, this option is still way off in the hazy future.
For now, I seek customer/partners such as large data providers (or any organization who offers a web-based API to their services) who have a strong interest in software agents that facilitate consumption of their data in a way that is compatible with their own business model.
-- Jack Krupansky


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